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Getting in a crash may cause serious damage to your brain

With the rash of motor vehicle accidents around Orange County, brain injuries continue to rise. Over half of all traumatic brain injuries occur due to car accidents with the most common variation a concussion.

If you get into a crash, you may want to take the necessary precaution and have your head checked. Signs of a traumatic brain injury may not show until it is already critical. Recognizing these signs may mean the difference between life and death.

You feel sick for no reason

A common symptom of an injury is vomiting with no other cause. When your head gets jostled, or you suffer an impact, the result can throw off the functions of your brain in one or many areas. Thus, you start feeling sick.

You have a headache that will not let up

Anyone who has headaches knows one or two things that can ease the pain. However, if you have tried your go-to pain relief and it is not working, you may want to see a doctor. A headache that continues to intensify well after an accident is also a sure sign that something is amiss.

You suddenly cannot speak properly

A more severe sign of TBI is a change in your speech. When your head gets a jolt, your wires can cross making your brain processing time slower. Things that generally came easy, like speaking, suddenly take a more concentrated effort. Thus, if you start searching for words or you start to slur, it signals a severe turn in your brain health.

Accidents range from serious to little fender-benders. In any case, your head almost certain suffers a jostle or even an impact that you may not remember occurring. It is always best to have a doctor check your cognitive function after a crash to see if you may have a lurking injury.